When it comes to celebrating summer in the northern United States, no city does it quite like Salt Lake City. August is an amazing time to visit this Utah city for arts, music, and sporting events as well as special festivals and community celebrations.
From the Park City Kimball Arts Festival to live musical performances at the State Room, you're sure to enjoy these great summer events on your trip to Salt Lake City this August. However, keep in mind that since public schools and universities don't start back until the middle of the month (or September), you'll be competing with both locals and tourists for a spot at some of these great events.
Additionally, August can get rather warm in Salt Lake City with highs in the lower 90s F and lows in the upper 60s F. However, the city stays relatively dry with only five days of rain expected across the month, so you won't need to pack an umbrella for this trip.
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The annual fundraiser event for the Kimball Art Center, which funds youth and adult artist programs around the city, takes place from August 3 through 5, 2018.
Featuring the works of more than 200 artists including pieces in visual arts, performance art, music, food, and film, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street in Park City. You can get a weekend pass for adults for around $12 and children ages 6 to 17 for half price while kids 5 and under are free.
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The Real Salt Lake soccer club is a member of the Major League Soccer Western Conference representing the Salt Lake region of Utah. While the season kicks off in June, August is packed with games both at home at the Rio Tinto Stadium and elsewhere across North America. Home games for August 2018 include:
- August 4: Chicago Fire Soccer Club at 10 p.m.
- August 11: Montreal Impact Soccer Club at 10 p.m.
- September 1: Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer Club at 10 p.m.
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The Salt Lake Bees are the Triple-A club of the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball that play in the Pacific Coast League. While August is a busy month for the bees, they will play the following home games at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City in 2018:
- August 9 to 12: Tacoma Rainiers
- August 13 to 15: El Paso Chihuahuas
- August 28 to 30: Reno Aces
- August 31: Fresno Grizzlies
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Family Nights at Red Butte Garden take place on the first Mondays of June, July, and August and feature music, dance, crafts, and activities associated with cultures from around the world.
For the last Monday Family Night of 2018, which will take place on August 6, you can enjoy a special performance by the Salt Lake City-based group Best of Africa. This eclectic dance group will celebrate the traditions of Africa with authentic drum performances, costumes, dancing, and crafts starting at 6:30 p.m.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) classified bike race across the states of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Between five and six professional UCI teams compete each year in the six-day event, which starts on Monday, August 6, 2018, with a short "Prologue" event and then takes place over six stages during the next six days.
- Prologue: 3.3 miles round trip in St. George, Utah
- Stage 1: 101 miles round trip in Cedar City, Utah
- Stage 2: 86 miles round trip in Payson, Utah
- Stage 3: 104 miles from Antelope Island to Layton, Utah
- Stage 4: 68 miles round trip in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Stage 5: 98 miles from Canyon Village in Park City to Snowbird, Utah
- Stage 6: 76 miles round trip in Park City, Utah
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The Depot is a live music venue at The Gateway that will feature several concerts in August of 2018. This historic, four-story train depot concert venue can hold up to 1,200 people and is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City near the Vivint Smart Home Arena and the Clark Planetarium. The schedule for this year includes:
- August 3: Racist Kramer with Problem Daughter
- August 4: City Weekly: Battle of the DJs
- August 10: Wet Hot 80s Summer
- August 14: Beach House
- August 17: Lil Night featuring DJ Flash and Flare with Concise Kilgore
- August 24: The Cadillac Three
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On Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 2018, the Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival starts with sunrise launches at Storm Mountain Park. Saturday evening festivities move to the promenade in front of Sandy City Hall, where spectators can enjoy glowing balloons plus food for sale and free music. The Salt Lake City band Cinders will headline this year's Balloon Glow celebration on Saturday evening starting at 8 p.m.
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The Craft Lake City "Do It Yourself" Festival is an annual handmade art, science, and technology festival, for the purpose of promoting local artisans, DIY engineers, craft foodies, vintage vendors, and performance artists.
This annual outdoor alternative art festival offers participants a chance to make DIY creations like silk-screened posters, deconstructed and reconstructed clothing, jewelry, knitting, and other forms of arts and crafts. The 10th Annual Craft Lake City will take place at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City on August 10 through 12, 2018.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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The Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Fairgrounds in South Jordan, Utah, will host the annual Salt Lake County Fair and Family FarmFest from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11, 2018. This annual event features livestock and craft exhibits, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, a carnival, and all the fair food you can eat. Other activities include a backyard barbecue competition, junior livestock auction, a 4-H fashion show, junior rodeos, wagon rides, and good old-fashioned hoedowns.
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The Ninth Annual Utah Beer Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 2018, at the Utah State Fair Park. This annual celebration of brews brings together local beer makers presenting over 200 different beers and ciders. Although the event is strictly for guests aged 21 and over, there are still plenty of special events and activities to enjoy as well as 15 local food carts and trucks on-site in case you get the munchies.
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The summer season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival features "Henry VI: Part One," "Othello," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "The Foreigner," "Big River," "The Merchant of Venice," "An Iliad," "The Liar," and "The Greenshow." Hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival may be a little out of the way from Salt Lake City, but with shows all month long, you won't regret making the trip. Performances continue through October.
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One of Salt Lake City's favorite small music venues and bars is The State Room in Central City. With both theater seating and a dance floor and featuring both local and touring acts, The State Room is a great place to go for a casual drink and concert all month long. The following concerts will take place in 2018:
- August 2: HONEYHONEY with Dead Horses
- August 3: Con Brio
- August 4: Mary Gauthier presented by IAMA
- August 6: Ben Nichols of Lucero
- August 8: American Aquarium
- August 30: MarchFourth!